fe·​roc·​i·​ty fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio)
: the quality or state of being ferocious
the ferocity of the lion's attack

Examples of ferocity in a Sentence

the ferocity of the lion's attack We were stunned by the ferocity of the storm.
Recent Examples on the Web Deep divisions have emerged over the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas, the ferocity of Israel’s response in Gaza and demands for a cease-fire. Rick Rojas, New York Times, 9 May 2024 When Owen watches the show with his fellow obsessive Maddy (Brigette Lundy-Paine), an older classmate who guards the walls around their fandom with an impatient, fast-talking ferocity, both teens’ faces are awash in warm pink light. Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ferocity 

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ferocity was in 1606

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“Ferocity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferocity. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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